Freudian Friday: James Geary talks aphorism and Elvis.

The Mathematics of Metaphor.

(I promise that this will probably be the last time I use the word mathematics on this blog).

In this fantastic talk, I is an Other novelist and former editor of Time James Geary discusses metaphor and Elvis. Specifically, the impact of metaphor on our daily lives. I can’t voice how much I enjoy his ideas and enthusiasm. His site hosts such a wealth of creativity and ideas – I want to have his brain babies. Video courtesy of my favorite people at TED.

You can pick up a copy of James Geary’s works I is an Other ($15) and The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of Aphorism ($9) at Book Depository. You can also visit his official site for updates on his research, pictures of his goldfish (no really, I think I’m in love) and general awesomeness. Try not to lick the screen.

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Writerly Wednesday: Pablo Neruda

Short and Sweet: Pablo, Pablo! Excelente!

Pablo Neruda was a badass mofo the genius king of Chilean literature.

In what language does rain fall over tormented cities?

                                 – Pablo Neruda, The Book of Questions, courtesy of GoodReads.

Why is he is king? For me it’s because he wrote some of the best poems I’ve ever laid eyes on. For some of his best can be found here and here. Celebrated as one of the best poets of the 20th century, his passion for poetry alone is enough to turn you on get your creative soul humming.

He apparently sold all his possessions to fund his début work ‘Twilight’ (not a vampire story); one of his earlier works caused controversy because of its erotic content, he changed his name because his father disapproved of his passion, he was forced into exile for his political affiliations, and he was a full-time disgustingly brilliant genius poet by his early twenties. See? Total badass. What’s not to love?

Oh, and he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1971, you know, small details.

To get more Neruda in your life, you can pick up a copy of The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems on Book Depository for around $14.

You can also find his interview with The Paris Review regarding his pen name, political aspirations (and disbelief at himself as a candidate for the Nobel Prize), Samuel Beckett, his writing practice, and much more here.

Love for This Book – Pablo Neruda, courtesy of AntiqueThings on YouTube.

There is also a conspiracy theory that Neruda didn’t die of heart failure but was murdered for his political beliefs, more about this theory can be found here.

Freudian Friday: Diablo Cody on Inspiration

Diablo Cody (Juno, United States of Tara)

As you are about to see, Diablo Cody is a badass. If you need more than that in order to click the little triangle then: Diablo Cody is important because she shows us creatives the value of writing the stories our parents warned us about.

Video coutesy of Artisan News Service.

Mind Food Monday: Nod to the Classics – Salvador Dali

King of melting clocks

So this will be short and sweet because I’ve worked 3hrs and spent the afternoon cleaning and looking at someecards.com I’m exhausted. But I feel it’s a surreal and sunny kind of monday afternoon or maybe that’s the headache talking so let’s get all Dali up in here.

If you don’t know who Salvador Dali is GTFO you can find all his info at SalvadorDalicom. Sure, his paintings are amazing. Among my favorites are his early surrealist works. He makes the Mind Food Monday honorable mentions list due to being a fucking badass who was obsessed with ants this film:

*trigger warning – if your squeamish about eye related gore*

Un Chien Andalou (MTV Version) – video courtesy of MrPhilrand on Youtube.

If you want some Dali in your life – up close and sexy personal – and you’re in ze Florida USA, perhaps head on down to The Dali Museum. If only for the amazing Dali-themed merchandise in their Dali Store. They sell Dali themed perfume, wire sculptures, mugs, earrings, etc. I’m fairly certain I want everything in there.

They have an ant themed jewellery collection.

What’s a gal to do?

Freudian Friday: Guggi and the art that beats you up.

Freudian Friday: Art abuse

Guggi, aside from having a kickass name, is an artist and the founder of an avant-garde band called the Virgin Prunes. He is one of nine, lives in Dublin and owns a bunch of reptiles – what’s not to love? Here he talks discipline and art (video courtesy of the brilliant people at BigThink). And if all that doesn’t float your creative boat then I have just one word for you. Accent.

To get more Guggi, view his selected works here.